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  1. AIM OF MY BUILD LOG My aim with this build log, as with all my previous build logs, is to show how I have implemented the build instructions & plan sheets and to also share any tips, problems, etc. which may help others with their build. It will probably repeat / show several of the processes / instructions detailed in the official build manual and plan sheets. I really appreciate comments and likes on my build. BUILD LOG INDEX I have also set up a build log index to help you (and me!) locate the different sections of my build. Simply click on the links of the completed tasks to be taken to that post of the my build log. TASK TITLE (Click link on done tasks) STATUS 1 MDF Build Cradle Assembly Done 2 Stern Bulkhead Assembly Done 3 Bow Bulkhead Assembly Done 4 Bulkheads & Lower Deck Assembly Done 5 Longitudinal Gun Port Assembly Done 6 Lower Deck Coaming Assembly Done 7 Gun Deck Support Beams Done 8 Stern Counter Frame Assembly Done 9 Gun Deck, Gun Ports & Filler Blocks Done 10 Fitting Inner Bulwarks Done 11 Painting Inner Bulwarks Done 12 Cabin Seat Assembly Done 13 Adding Patterns to Bow Done 14 Building the Bulwark Jig(s) Done 15 Fairing the Hull Done 16 Adding the Upper Side Panels Done 17 First Planking - Part 1 Done 18 First Planking - Part 2 Done 19 First Planking - Part 3 Done 20 First Planking - Part 4 Done 21 Sanding 1st Planking WIP 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 37 36 39 40 OTHER HMS SPHINX BUILD LOGS James Hatch's Prototype Build Log - A must read build log Blue Ensign's Build Log Jasseji's Build Log Mark Taylor's Build Log myxyzptlyk Build Log
  2. Well, my bench has been idle for long enough... HMS Sphinx is the next major release from Vanguard Models, and as per the previous 4 main kit releases and the 8 ship's boats, I'll be building up the production prototype and creating the instruction manual. Just a little 'ye potted historie' of Sphinx: She was a 20-gun sixth rate launched in 1775. Captured by the French in September 1779, she was recaptured by HMS Prosperpine on 29 November 1779. Sphinx was finally broken up in 1811. Onwards... One thing you'll note if you buy the completed kit is that there's quite a weight. Chris shipped me two complete sets of wooden parts (and some fittings), and that pack, minus any plans, heavy manual or the numerous sets of photo-etch, came in at a whopping 7kg. Factor in around half that weight, plus those missing items, and you'll see it's a bumper pack. There are over thirty sheets of laser cut material, also incorporating the three ship's boats (a good number of different thicknesses). Apart from the MDF sheets which comprise the Sphinx's skeleton, a ply sheet with the lower deck etc, laser-engraved maple decks, the rest of the material is pearwood. Two bundles of strip wood are included; the obligatory lime for first planking, and some 0.8mm thick pear for second planking. The colour is this really is very nice. There are numerous changes between the first test hull Chris built and featured on MSW, and this version, with deleted parts, new parts, and things which have been improved further to make building even more enjoyable. I now have a few days of acquainting myself with the original reference build pics before I can start this, probably this coming weekend. Cannon are in black resin and nigh on ready to use. They look really nice, and the cannon balls are in black plastic, so no painting. Boat beam brackets are in very strong resin, and there is a sheet of laser-cut acetate for the stern/quarter windows. The stern fascia is cast in resin and also looks seriously nice. The figurehead is beautifully detailed and 3D printed. Stern lanterns will be from PE and resin. The colours on this will be very similar to the Duchess of Kingston, but with red inner bulwarks. Whilst my build will be strictly 'out of box', the scope for extra detailing the cabin at the stern, will be more than a temptation for some, with that engraved, chequered floor and engraved doors to the quarter galleries. As there will undoubtedly be questions I can't answer, feel free to use this log to also ask Chris questions that are specific to this release. I'm sure he'll chime in with any extra contents details I missed here. Wish me luck ☘️
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